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Old 12-12-2012, 06:23 PM   #767
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Just stopping in...



Where is the castle? I can't see it!



Weird that the CMs didn't know where you should park. Is it because not a lot of people have cars while staying there?

The Alice ride looks really cool!
I know! It's so strange not being able to really see the castle, isn't it??

I have NO clue why the CMs didn't know where to go...it was a tad irritating. And strange.

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It's amazing all that can be done with Lego's. My DH is passing on his Castle Lego set on to our DS this year for Christmas. It's actually a set my DH was given when we was 6 years old so it's going to be fun to pass it on. Still working on DH to get us to Legoland this year. I'd really love to go again and so would the kids!!

Yeah for being back in Disneyland!! We love the It's a Small World Holiday!! It's always a must ride almost every day of every trip for my DD. It's her favorite ride to the Matterhorn. Which sadly she can no longer ride due to them increasing the height requirement. Poor girl still doesn't get why she's not going to get to ride it in 24 short days!!
That is fantastic about the castle Lego set! I'm sure your son will be THRILLED! I hope you can get to Legoland! I think it's worth a trip.... especially with a coupon.

Small World Holiday was AWESOME. As you will soon read, we loved it! I need to get back to Disneyland so I can ride the Matterhorn, that was on my list and I was bummed it was closed!

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I love this picture... just look at your expression and that of the kiddos (including Henry) -they are all mellow... but you aren't so much... That's the way I feel on Splash Mountain... (even though I do it...)


It's funny when I'm looking through your LL photos... objectively It really is quite a good park... especially for Lego Lovers... if you didn't have Disney to compare it to... It would probably even be a great park...It does look like Henry had an awesome time... (David loved it 3 years ago)

But all of the Disney Lovers out there... (myself included) are spoiled... and Disney raises the park really high...

I'm hoping that you took pictures in the CGVilla... (Did you try for ressies at the 7 month mark? ) I may have missed it earlier but did you hear that the Disneyland Hotel is adding DVCs too? (they must have a higher demand than they're able to meet with the current GC ...

I really think that Disneyland is awesome in its own right... so similar to the Magic Kingdom but different too...
I know, it just figures Henry chooses me - the one who isn't so fond of heights to do that ride! Of course I was being a wee bit dramatic.

And you are exactly right, Legoland is a great park - but when you compare it to Disney, it lacks. It just needs some sprucing up and more immersion...and Mickey shaped food.

I had not heard the Disneyland Hotel was adding villas! Where?! Or, do you just mean they are renting out their hotel rooms for points? That I had heard about - and I would stay there in a minute with my points!

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It's funny to see Main St. in DL vs. WDW, I guess it's been too long sine I've been to DL to remember it looking that way. When I think of Main St. now, I think of WDW's Main St.

I love seeing all the pictures of DL, it's been over 10 years since I've been back there and I wish I could find a way to get there again. When you price it out it's almost as expensive as going to WDW! So then I find myself planning a trip to WDW instead! I'll have to take a look at it again some time soon to see what I think.

One thing I see in the pictures of DL is all the stands with big lights for some sort of show they must put on at night. I don't like seeing those, I know the park is much smaller so less places to put those sorts of things, but still. Takes away from the magic IMO, it may just be the pictures and when you are there you just don't notice it as much.
I think a lot of people are the same way - they start thinking Disneyland, but seeing the price, they could easily go back to WDW with four parks...and it wins. Disneyland rarely has discounts too.

I don't even know what stands you are referring to. I need to go back and look at my pictures!

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Hello! I just finished your marriage trip report (couldn't comment there!) and I am about to start this one! Absolutely loved reading that report! And thanks to you I am craving a chocolate croissant LOL!

Thanks for sharing!
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A chocolate croissant sounds amazing right about now!

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So, I have my new computer at work today and I am able to access photobucket and see the pictures. But I can't see yours. Do you use photobucket or someone else? Just curious. Maybe I just didn't wait long enough for them to load, but evening seeing partial pictures here today is awesome. Really curious about your "must do's"
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Never mind - figured out that it was smug mug! Oh well, I'll check back later when I'm home!
Yep! Smugmug. Sorry about that! I had so many crazy issues with Photobucket I gave up on it years ago and have been a Smugmug fan. We use it for everything now, it's our online backup storage.

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Miniland looks AWESOME.

GCV is wonderful isn't it????
I really am enjoying reliving DL.
Yes it was! I NEED to go back to Disneyland. The pull for WDW is strong, but the pull for DL and DCL is now stronger. I reallyyyyyy hope I can get back there this year!

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Ooh I forgot about the Alice ride! I'm jonesing for Disneyland at the moment big time! Interesting about the parking situation.
Me too!!!! Every time I start writing here again, I ache to be there!!
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:24 PM   #768
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Small World & Toon Town

When I left off we were going in this direction


Camille - oh! those poles. I remember thinking that area felt weird. Just sorta odd...bland. But it works well for the crowds for Magic, Memories and You. But ya, kinda meh.






It loads outside, like many Disneyland rides.




We were a little obsessed with the outside of the building...





Here we go!



We liked the geometric bushes






We were instantly in awe. Instead of the usual song it was Christmas music!













And as you may know, the Disneyland version of it's a small world has Disney characters built-in













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Continued from previous post



























Do you think we liked it?! Yep. We did. Obviously by the 9,000 pictures!

In the dump shop...











Next on our list was



Which is located right next to small world.





Toon Town in Disneyland is AWESOME!!!! Wow! It's so cute, and there are so many things to look at!




Goofy's house



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Continued from previous post

Taking a closer look at Goofy's house







I like his hat on top.




Henry enjoyed playing in Goofy's car


Not such a good driver...





After marveling at the outside of Toon Town, trying to soak in the details, we finally adventured inside Goofy's home








I have no idea what Joe is doing!




Goofy's yard





Now to the Toon Town gas station







Bathroom break!




My view while I waited for the boys




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Continued from previous post


The town fountain

Time for Minnie's house!





You lined up to meet her...


Then went past her into her home!






Powdering my nose












In Minnie's yard

As you can see, some things were very similar to Minnie's house that used to be in WDW, but a few differences too!

Next up...


Henry was not interested in waiting in the short little line for Mickey, but I told him we had to, but we didn't have to do a picture. He sulked a bit, but then when we got to the front...




He was quite happy to see Mickey!

It worked similar to Minnie's - we got to explore Mickey's house after meeting him.






Very unlike WDW's pervious version - you could touch things in here!










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Nap time!


Bummer of a washing machine Mickey!




Going into Mickey's yard


And into his barn






This building went on FOREVER!!!!! We kept walking and walking, not really knowing where we were going - when we got to the end we realized this was sometimes the QUEUE to meet Mickey. Oy! I hope it's never that long!








There is even a screening room in this Movie Barn


The set where Mickey sometimes meets



Out the door and into Mickey's garage


I had no idea Mickey recycled his gloves. What an earth conscious mouse!

Back into Toon Town


Time to visit our favorite chipmunks!







Acorn butter. Hmmm...


A tiny little stairway. I guess it is meant for chipmunks, not humans...

And yep. That's it. Chip and Dale's was a bit disappointing compared to the others.

However, right next to Chip & Dales is this:



And I heard the words I never thought I would from my little man...

"I want to ride that."

What?! The boy who is scared of Alice in Wonderland (well...that can be a bit creepy...), okay, the boy who is scared of Peter Pan?? He wants to ride a roller coaster??

Oh boy.

How would this pan out?
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #773
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Holy updates Batman!!!!

Who am I to judge when someone gets obsessive with picture taking ...especially on one thing.


I loved all the legoland updates. miniland is soooo clool. I recently read a TR about someone who visited it in England I think...somewhere in Europe, and the miniland was very similar. JUST AMAZING!

Toon town lookes really fun. I sure hope I make it there someday.....someday...yeah not sure when that ever will be. My husband talks about it every year and then it never happens.
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What a fun update!! Love seeing the pictures from IASW!! Considering if I remember your trip dates right we were there about 10 days before you were!!

We love to explore ToonTown also but imagine wall to wall people instead of all the open spaces!! In answer to your question about Mickey's house yes the line can and does get that long!!!! I know from experience! Plus he actually has 3 different sets for sure that he does meets on and we think there's an actual 4th one but we've never been in it with all the times we've gone and gotten pictures with Mickey.

So glad you got to experience DL with out all the crowds for your 1st trip! I can only imagine the people who go for Christmas expecting it to be deserted and having DL reach capacity on them. Can't wait to see what Henry thinks of Gadget's Go Coaster! That's a favorite in our house by both my 5 year old DS and 4 year old DD!!
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Holiday IASW is so pretty! I think Toontown is a great place for the younger set.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:12 AM   #776
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The holiday IASW is really cool. Both of the times I went to Disneyland was right after Christmas so I haven't even seen the regular version. I knew they added the Disney characters but didn't know they had Nemo and Dory. Ahhh I love it! So cute.

I know I've brought up this story about a billion times on the DIS but whenever I see stuff about DL's small world I think about the time we got stuck on it for a good half hour and had to be evacuated.
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Toontown looks awesome! I wish there was still something like that at WDW!
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I love Toontown in DL. That area where you were in Mickey's barn is where we were taken at the end of the tour we did for my DD birthday in 2009. It was the Discover the Magic Tour. The kids moved from land to land solving a riddle or finding a treasure and getting a puzzle piece. At the end, they put the pieces together and have a map. You follow the map and it leads you to the Main Mouse. It was a cute/fun tour for the kids (even the big ones).
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So now I am two updates behind without pictures. Boo! I just haven't been home that much at night this week. I hope to get all caught up this weekend.

So, when do you think would be a good time of the year to visit DL. I definitely want to plan at 2014 fall trip. I was thinking maybe early November to get some Christmas in the mix.

Looking forward to coming back and catching up properly.
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